Many of you that read this blog know we am planning on building a bottle wall in our garden. We hope to make it pretty cool. I have been collecting all kinds of bottles.
Working on a design concept to create the 'installation'. My thoughts on building it are as thus:
The concept as of right now is a half circle(arc) about 4-5 foot tall and maybe 10 foot long. This will be build down the embankment of the pond and I plan on fastening a small arced deck to sit on over the water on the pond. We will need steps down the the deck also. To the left of this will be another slightly curved retaining wall about 4 foot high and 15 foot long. Good news is I'm getting ready to tear out and rebuild a deck into a custom screened porch for a customer and should have lots of 5 year old treated pine to build the deck with, recycle is the name of this project.
Build a sand box and set the bottles in it to figure out the design. Or build a 2 x 8 frame and cover it with fabric or chicken wire and cut holes to set the bottles in the design.
Next clean the bottles to be installed after the bottle design is set.
Then dig footers and hand mix my own concrete with re bars sticking up for strength.
Install some type of temporary guide system so the wall goes up where we want it.
Then make my own mortar and start building the wall.
The bottles and mortar will need to scrubbed clean and smooth each day after building.
Here are some detail photos from Airlie Gardens to give you an ideal of what we are aiming for. The design will be ours of course.
Can you see why I want to build us a cool bottle wall?